Arizona State University - Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Administration, Thunderbird School of Global Management

AZ, Phoenix

The Thunderbird School of Global Management (Thunderbird) at Arizona State University invites nominations and applications for a visionary, globally-focused leader to serve as the next senior associate dean of faculty and administration.

Thunderbird was founded in 1946 by American military officers and business leaders, with the mission of building peace through global commerce. Today, Thunderbird is the world’s premier academic institution for the study of global leadership and management for the Fourth Industrial Revolution across the private, public and non-profit sectors. A new state-of-the-art Global Headquarters, located in downtown Phoenix, is in the final phase of construction and set to open in August 2021. The new building will serve as the most digital and pioneering international hub for management and leadership, featuring a global decision theater and VR/AR technology-enhanced language lab. Thunderbird’s 46,000 alumni are a global network of leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs spanning the private, public and non-profit sectors who advance inclusive and sustainable prosperity worldwide. Their master of global management program was ranked #1 in the world in 2019 by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. More than 70 faculty serve 1,400 students from across the globe. The school’s enrollments have more than doubled over the past three years and will grow to more than 4,000 students in the next five years.

Thunderbird joined Arizona State University (ASU) in 2015, becoming a part of one of the world’s most innovative universities. ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed, advancing research and discovery of public value and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. It enrolls over 75,000 graduate and undergraduate students across its four campuses and has been ranked #1 in the U.S. for innovation by U.S. News and World Report.

Reporting to the director general and dean, the next senior associate dean will help to support and grow Thunderbird’s academic enterprise. They will provide strategic and intellectual leadership, support student success and ensure successful AASCB accreditation. The senior associate dean will actively promote an institutional culture rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion. They will continue the strong momentum of advancing and growing Thunderbird’s regional centers of excellence around the world and build innovative educational programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. The senior associate dean will promote the evolution of the faculty through support, recruitment, development, evaluation and promotion.

The next senior associate dean will possess an earned terminal degree and a strong record of accomplishment in teaching, research and service that merits appointment as a full professor in the school. Significant administrative experience will be a strong advantage. Organizational leadership skills to lead in a highly innovative, culturally and intellectually diverse and globally-oriented academic organization will be critical for this role.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the Thunderbird School of Global Management in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 5, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal, using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jessica Herrington and Suzanne Teer:

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
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